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Best Ways of Caring for a Senior's Teeth

Posted on 4/30/2020 by Tropic Dental
Best Ways of Caring for a Senior's Teeth As we age, we go through changes that all affect how we care for our smile. Our office recognizes the need to emphasize certain treatment approaches, for older people. The following information will give you some tips for caring for a senior's teeth. Regardless of whether you are a senior or a caregiver, the following information will help you learn ways to maintain a healthy smile.

What Seniors or Caregivers Need to Do to Preserve Smiles

Regardless of age, people need to brush at least twice daily with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved dentifrice with fluoride. They also need to floss at least once a day. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash will also do a lot to freshen the breath and reduce problems with tartar and plaque. Next, you need to learn more about some of the dental issues that can affect older people. These issues include darkening of teeth, dry mouth, and a reduction in the sense of taste. Seniors may also be more prone to root decay because of gum recession. Gum disease can be an issue if a senior wears poor-fitting denture or has a certain disease, such as diabetes, cancer, or anemia.

What to Expect During an Exam at Our Office

If you are a senior, you should schedule regular exams at our office every six months. We cater to the special dental needs of senior people. We will ask certain questions, so we can better treat you if you are visiting us for the first time. For example, be prepared to answer when you last visited a dentist and the purpose of the visit. We will also want to know if you have any sensitive or loose teeth, or if you have problems with chewing, swallowing, or tasting. In addition, we will need to know about pain, sores, or bleeding in your mouth. Have you noticed any swelling, bumps, or lump inside your mouth? We promote dental care so you can make the most of your smile at any age. Whether you have a loved one who needs dental care or you are a senior who would like to schedule a checkup and exam, we can help you realize your dental goals. We want everyone, regardless of their age, to feel like smiling. Give us a call today to schedule an exam or to ask us any questions you may have.
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